Alabama quarterback Mac Jones didn’t win the Heisman Trophy on Tuesday night, but he had a big hand in helping the player who did.
Jones’ teammate, receiver DeVonta Smith, earned the annual award, given to college football’s top player.
Instead of winning the award on the big stage under the lights in Manhattan or in Times Square, it was a pandemic-style ceremony held virtually.
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the presumptive No. 1 pick in this year’s NFL draft, finished runner-up. Jones was third and Florida quarterback Kyle Trask was fourth.
Smith was just the ninth receiver to be named a finalist, and first to garner the trophy since Michigan’s Desmond Howard in 1991.
Smith’s season was staggering. He had 105 receptions for 1,641 yards and 20 touchdowns against an SEC-only schedule in the regular season. Smith also drew far more attention after an injury fellow wideout Jaylen Waddle in late October. Still, he delivered time and again, including a three-touchdown game against Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl.
Jones, a Bolles School product, was delivering those passes to Smith. Although he didn’t win the trophy, Jones had a season for the books.
And it’s still going.